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Dagenham architect students wins top award for conservatory design

PUBLISHED: 09:34 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:34 17 September 2014

David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath

David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath

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An architecture student from Dagenham could become a garden household name after winning an international competition to design the conservatory of the future.

James' winning design.James' winning design.

James Furzer, 25, of Hardie Road, could now see his design become a reality after claiming the top prize with his futuristic entry in the contest organised by industry experts David Salisbury.

Part of the design team behind award-winning Watering Holes, currently situated across the capital’s eight royal parks, the former Eastbrook secondary school pupil was delighted by the achievement.

He said: “I wanted to create a modern, exciting structure that blurred the boundaries between internal and external spaces.

“My entire design is based on its “buildability” and flexibility.

James' winning design.James' winning design.

“The brief highlighted that if a suitable project arose then the winning scheme may be proposed to potential clients. It would be fantastic for my design to actually be built by David Salisbury.”

His design included a steel and wooden canopy area, interlinked with contemporary glass modules.

Dagenham born-and-bred, James admits the borough once home to the largest council estate in Europe is “not an architect’s dream”, although things are improving.

James hopes to become a chartered architect upon completion of his studies.

For more information about the competition visit davidsalisbury.com.

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